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Onward develops bold and practical ideas for the next generation of centre right thinkers and leaders

REPORT
Levelling Up in Practice: Oldham Interim Report

Onward launches first-of-a-kind programme to help level up left behind areas.

REPORT
Taking the Temperature: Scrapping the Net Zero Target would cost Tories 1.3m votes

Has the political climate changed on the Government's Net Zero target?

REPORT
Course Correction: Why we need to reform apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are failing working class school leavers, and will undermine efforts to level up without significant reform.

Jun 9
11:30-
12:30
EVENT
Can the UK stay scientifically competitive in a multipolar world?
Jun 6
14:30-
15:30
EVENT
The future of work and a post-pandemic future.
May 26
9:00-
10:30
EVENT
A private breakfast with Onward’s Business Leaders Network
REPORT
Levelling Up in Practice: Oldham Interim Report

Onward launches first-of-a-kind programme to help level up left behind areas.

REPORT
Taking the Temperature: Scrapping the Net Zero Target would cost Tories 1.3m votes

Has the political climate changed on the Government's Net Zero target?

REPORT
Course Correction: Why we need to reform apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are failing working class school leavers, and will undermine efforts to level up without significant reform.

May 26
9:00-
10:30
EVENT
A private breakfast with Onward’s Business Leaders Network
Jun 6
14:30-
15:30
EVENT
The future of work and a post-pandemic future.
May 19
12:00-
13:00
EVENT
Making the most of British families’ generosity, and the lessons for future crises

Onward develops bold and practical ideas for the next generation of centre right thinkers and leaders

Onward is a modernising think tank whose mission is to develop bold and practical ideas to boost economic opportunity and strengthen communities in all parts of the United Kingdom.

We are not affiliated to any party but believe in a mainstream conservatism. We recognise the value of markets and support the good that government can do, and believe that a strong society is the foundation of both. We want to seize the opportunities of the future while preserving the accumulated knowledge of the past. We believe that most people are hard working, aspirational and decent, but that many do not have the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Our goal is to address the needs of the whole country: young as well as old; urban as well as rural; in all parts of the UK – particularly places that feel neglected or ignored in Westminster – by working with ordinary people directly and developing practical policies that work.

"Into the arena, Onward stepped. The in-flight refueller. The next modernising thinktank. The engine which ensured that just as the process of government might be wearing thin, the Conservative Party was able to renew and refurbish its message, its personnel, its appeal and its coalition.”
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
“The question is how we forge an open-feeling, forward-looking conservatism that speaks equally to all. And I believe Onward is exactly what we need.”
Baroness Davidson
Former Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Member of the House of Lords
“Thinktanks are expected to think the unthinkable but I don’t want us to think the unworkable. We have to think things that work politically, that is that pay some attention to whether people support them, where the costs fall and whether they work in practice."
Lord Finkelstein
Chairman of Onward and Member of the House of Lords
"The work of Onward has already, in the last three years, has been fantastic. I have followed it closely, I have pinched a whole bunch of your ideas, but I want to pinch some more ... I need the ideas and I know Onward has the energy to provide them."
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
“Thank you to Onward and for all the fantastic work you do more broadly, which is enormously appreciated I know across Government and by Number 10 as well.”
Chris Philp MP
Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy
"One thing that struck us that was informed by the work of Onward was that to make success of levelling up we need to build the economic foundations - the good jobs and businesses that tie up productivity and innovation. But as importantly, we need also to build those social foundations, buttressing and replenishing social capital and rebuilding social infrastructure...That’s why we had quite an expansive set of medium-term missions in the White Paper spanning both economic and social missions."
Andy Haldane
Permanent Secretary for Levelling Up at the Cabinet Office

Our work is focused on the most pressing issues facing the United Kingdom today. Our five programmes are:

Reducing economic disparities between places
Leading the world in the discovery and application of scientific ideas

Our work is regularly featured in print, broadcast and online media, including through op-eds and broadcast interviews from the Onward team.

Head of Energy and Climate Ed Birkett responds to the Government's latest Energy Strategy

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for the Yorkshire Post, citing the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in South Yorkshire as a model for integrated apprenticeship delivery

Senior Researcher Alex Luke writes for the Prospect on how renewables can reduce energy bills and help achieve net zero targets

Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell sets out the case for community land trusts and why councils should support them, citing research from our report 'The Good Life'

Director Will Tanner writes for the House Magazine on how the success of levelling up will depend on whether it can survive a change in political leadership

The London Influence reports on the growing Onward team and our new research programme in an exclusive interview with Director Will Tanner

Head of Energy and Climate Ed Birkett responds to the Government's latest Energy Strategy

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for the Yorkshire Post, citing the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in South Yorkshire as a model for integrated apprenticeship delivery

Senior Researcher Alex Luke writes for the Prospect on how renewables can reduce energy bills and help achieve net zero targets